Patricia Papernow

526 – Uncoupling and Recoupling at Midlife and Beyond

Avoiding the Mistakes Therapists Commonly Make
PATRICIA PAPERNOW

Although divorce and marriage rates are generally falling, they’re skyrocketing
among those over 50. That’s why so many of us are seeing an influx of
later-life uncouplers and recouplers in our offices. In this workshop, you’ll
learn how to effectively manage the competing needs of all the players in
these families: the new couple who wants a chance at happy intimacy,
adult children who may be less than pleased, stepparents who are longing
for acceptance, and parents caught between the people they love. We’ll explore:

  • How adult children—especially adult daughters—struggle with parental breakups and recouplings
  • How to shift the mindset of stepcouples from focusing on how to blend to supporting both parent–child relationships and their own developing partnership
  • Common mistakes many therapists make, including giving precedence to the couple’s relationship above all else

Patricia Papernow, EdD, has worked as a trainer, consultant, and therapist with stepfamily relationships for more than 30 years. She’s the director of the Institute for Stepfamily Education and the author of the award-winning books Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships and Becoming a Stepfamily.

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609 – The Challenges of Becoming a Stepfamily

The Do’s and Don’ts
PATRICIA PAPERNOW

Although 42 percent of Americans have a close stepfamily relationship, many therapists still don’t appreciate the intense challenges of creating a new family organization. Parents and stepparents often find themselves in conflict over discipline, grappling with differences in family cultures, and tangling with ex-spouses. We see children overwhelmed with losses and loyalties who are struggling with all the changes in their lives. This workshop will explore three levels of interventions to address these challenges:

  • Psychoeducational interventions that offer proven information about what works and doesn’t work for surviving stress and building thriving relationships
  • Skill-building interventions that help clients learn how and when to say difficult things to each other
  • Intrapsychic interventions that explore how old family of origin issues can be triggered by the stresses of stepfamily life

Patricia Papernow, EdD, has worked as a trainer, consultant, and therapist with stepfamily relationships for more than 30 years. She’s the director of the Institute for Stepfamily Education and the author of the award-winning books Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships and Becoming a Stepfamily.

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